Player Page

Sheldon Richardson | Defensive Lineman

Team: New York Jets
Age / DOB:  (24) / 11/29/1990
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 294
College: Missouri
Contract: view contract details

Latest News

Recent News

Jets DL Sheldon Richardson's pre-trial hearing for traffic violations stemming from an alleged "high-speed road race" is scheduled for Monday.
NFL Network's Ian Rapoport said the hearing will likely be continued for "about a month." Richardson is eligible to return from a four-game ban for a substance abuse violation this week. This incident will likely land Richardson another suspension, but it is unlikely to be handed down until after the matter is resolved. Richardson is expected to be in the lineup when the Jets return from their bye Week 6. Oct 5 - 9:31 AM

Highest Searched Players over the last 7 days

Player News


Jets coach Todd Bowles expects suspended DL Sheldon Richardson to return following the team's Week 5 bye.

Richardson was already suspended for violating the substance-abuse policy when he was arrested on a variety of charges in early July. He's almost certainly facing an additional ban, but it's uncertain when it will be handed down.
Sep 28 - 4:52 PM

Jets DL Sheldon Richardson pleaded not guilty on Monday to resisting arrest and other traffic charges.

A trial has been set for October 5. Richardson was arrested July 14 for his role in an alleged "high-speed road race." Already suspended the first four games of the season for violating the league's substance abuse policy, Richardson will likely face another suspension once this matter is resolved.
Aug 31 - 1:13 PM

Newsday reports the Jets "had no knowledge" of Sheldon Richardson's July 14 on resisting arrest and traffic charges before Thursday.

Already suspended for the season's first four games, it was an almost inconceivably-poor decision on Richardson's behalf not to inform the Jets of his arrest. Gang Green's backing of its player could be tepid, to put it mildly, for the foreseeable future. Richardson was "only" charged with resisting arrest and traffic violations, but his car also had a "very strong odor of marijuana" at the time of his arrest. He had a (legal) loaded gun. Richardson's current four-game ban is for violating the league's substance-abuse policy. It's safe to say he's going to miss more than four games this season.
Jul 30 - 7:24 PM

The St Louis Post-Dispatch reports Jets DL Sheldon Richardson was arrested in Missouri earlier this month for resisting arrest and "various traffic violations."

Richardson was arrested on July 14 for his role in an "apparent high-speed road race." Driving as fast as 143 miles per hour, Richardson is accused of trying to elude an officer attempting to pull him over. All the while, he had two other men and a "12-year-old child" in the car. It's a concerning, embarrassing incident for a player who earned a four-game suspension for violating the league's substance-abuse policy just 12 days before his arrest. It's unclear if Richardson's latest issue will lead to further league discipline. Richardson is a budding star on the field, but has always been a bit of a knucklehead off of it.
Jul 30 - 6:14 PM

Suspended Jets DL Sheldon Richardson will run with the second team in training camp.

The Jets want to get first-rounder Leonard Williams first-team reps as he prepares to fill in during Richardson's ban. Although the Jets are deeply disappointed in Richardson and Williams offers a readymade fill-in, Richardson will immediately resume near every-down duties upon his return. Richardson flashed All-Pro upside in 2014.
Jul 30 - 5:21 PM

NFL suspended Jets DL Sheldon Richardson four games for violating the league's substance-abuse policy.

"I apologize for letting down my family, teammates, this organization and the fans," Richardson said in a statement. With the Jets on bye in Week 5, Richardson won't make his season debut until Oct. 18 against the Redskins. It's a massive blow for Todd Bowles' defense, as Richardson will miss contests against the Browns, Colts, Eagles and Dolphins. Alongside an equally-dominant Mo Wilkerson, Richardson was one of the league's best defenders last season. His absence will ramp up the pressure on No. 6 overall pick Leonard Williams. Richardson has always been outspoken, but had previously avoided off-the-field drama through his first two years in the NFL.
Jul 2 - 2:14 PM

Sheldon Richardson said he and teammate Muhammad Wilkerson both want "[Ndamukong] Suh money."

Regardless of whether Wilkerson and Richardson are worth that amount, a contract of that magnitude seems highly unlikely, especially if they want to stay in New York. The Jets emptied their pockets this offseason by spending huge money on Darrelle Revis and giving Brandon Marshall a hefty raise. A deal in the Cam Jordan $60 million range would be much more realistic. Wilkerson will enter free agency in 2016 with Richardson's contract expiring the following year.
Jun 10 - 10:31 AM

Jets LE Sheldon Richardson is skipping voluntary workouts to spend time with his family.

This isn't that notable nor is it a concern, but we're using the topic as an excuse to talk about Richardson's thoroughly-dominant sophomore season. After racking up just 3.5 sacks en route to winning DROY honors in 2013, the Jets wanted to see more from Richardson as a pass rusher. He responded with eight sacks and 54 combined pressures. Already an elite talent at 24 years old, Richardson was PFF's No. 2-ranked 3-4 end behind J.J. Watt. A big pay day is on the horizon.
May 22 - 11:30 AM

The Jets expect LE Sheldon Richardson to be more productive as a pass-rusher this season.

Richardson's dominant rookie campaign featured only 3.5 sacks from the three-technique spot in their 3-4. The Jets say that was because he didn't know the scheme well enough. "A lot of plays weren't called for him to make plays, but he was so athletic that he made plays on his own," line coach Karl Dunbar said. Richardson's tackle floor is extremely high and he has some untapped pass-rush appeal. He's an upside DL2 pick in IDP.
Mon, Aug 11, 2014 09:12:00 AM

Associated Press named Jets DE Sheldon Richardson its 2013 NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year.

Fellow John Idzik premium picks Geno Smith and Dee Milliner disappointed as rookies, but Richardson was an unblockable animal for the Jets' oft-dominant 2013 run defense. He lived in opposing backfields. Whereas Eddie Lacy won OROY in a landslide, Richardson narrowly eked out 23 votes to finish four ahead of Buffalo ILB Kiko Alonso. Saints S Kenny Vaccaro (4), Cardinals CB/FS Tyrann Mathieu (2), and Panthers DT Star Lotulelei (2) also received DROY votes.
Sat, Feb 1, 2014 06:34:00 PM

First-round DL Sheldon Richardson is fourth on the Jets in tackles (60) and is third in sacks (3.5).

Among the leaders in the Defensive Rookie of the Year race, Richardson has been everything the Jets have asked for and more. The No. 13 overall pick is PFF's No. 5 3-4 defensive end and has been a huge reason the Jets have the league's No. 2 run defense. "He's got that relentless motor," coach Rex Ryan said. "For a defensive tackle and being as productive as he is ... the tape doesn't lie."
Thu, Dec 12, 2013 09:45:00 AM

Jets signed No. 13 overall pick DL Sheldon Richardson to a four-year contract.

The exact position Richardson will play in the 3-4 is unknown at this point, but he says he lined up "everywhere" in OTAs and minicamp practices. Our best guess is that Muhammad Wilkerson will play left end, Kenrick Ellis will man the nose, and Richardson will slot in on the right side of the Jets' defensive line.
Wed, Jul 24, 2013 10:12:00 PM

First-round pick DL Sheldon Richardson says he's been lining up "everywhere" in Jets OTAs.

"A little end, a little (three-technique tackle), a little nose, shade, all that," he said. "The only thing I haven’t done yet is play rush (linebacker), so I pretty much have my hand in the dirt." Richardson admits the transition from Mizzou's 4-3 scheme to the Jets' 3-4 isn't easy. "You just have to get used to what the coaches are saying and understanding what they mean and pick it up fast because it’s the NFL. You don’t have time for mistakes, shorter reps."
Mon, Jun 3, 2013 09:57:00 AM

First-round pick Sheldon Richardson lined up at nose tackle for part of the first day of Jets rookie minicamp.

Coming out of college, Richardson was considered a 4-3 tackle that wasn't expected to play nose, but after Friday it appears that's a possibility. "We'd move him around," said coach Rex Ryan. "Some guys will line up, depending on our call, you can have a guy at nose, you can have him at three, you can have him at five." Richardson has the potential to be a productive fantasy option, but significant time at nose would limit his IDP value.
Sat, May 11, 2013 09:28:00 AM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
QB1Ryan Fitzpatrick
2Geno Smith
3Bryce Petty
RB1Chris Ivory
2Bilal Powell
3Zac Stacy
4Stevan Ridley
GLB1Chris Ivory
2Zac Stacy
3RB1Bilal Powell
2Chris Ivory
FB1Tommy Bohanon
WR11Brandon Marshall
2Quincy Enunwa
3Devin Smith
WR21Eric Decker
2Jeremy Kerley
3Chris Owusu
WR31Quincy Enunwa
TE1Jeff Cumberland
2Kellen Davis
LT1D'Brickashaw Ferguson
2Ben Ijalana
LG1James Carpenter
2Dakota Dozier
C1Nick Mangold
RG1Willie Colon
2Brian Winters
3Jarvis Harrison
RT1Breno Giacomini
2Brent Qvale
K1Nick Folk